What have we learnt concerning the Nile because the mid-1970s, the instant while Julian Rzóska determined that the time had come to submit a entire quantity in regards to the biology, and the geological and cultural background of that fab river? And what adjustments have in the meantime happened within the basin? The human popu- tion has greater than doubled, particularly in Egypt, but in addition in East Africa. in the community, commercial improvement has taken position, and the Aswan excessive Dam used to be essentially now not the final significant infrastructure paintings that was once performed. extra dams were equipped, and a few water diversions, just like the Toshka lakes, have created new expanses of water in the course of the Sahara wilderness. What are the consequences of all this at the ec- ogy and economic system of the Basin? that's what the current booklet units out to discover, 33 years after the publi- tion of “The Nile: Biology of an historical River”. Thirty-seven authors have taken up the problem, and feature written the “new” publication. they arrive from thirteen diverse international locations, and 15 between them characterize the most important Nilotic states (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya). Julian Rzóska died in 1984, and lots of the - authors of his booklet have now both disappeared or retired from study. merely Jack Talling and Samir Ghabbour have been nonetheless to be had to take part back.
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